Thursday, April 24, 2014

Yeah, What He Said....

We've come to a point where every four years this national fever rises up — this hunger for the Saviour, the White Knight, the Man on Horseback — and whoever wins becomes so immensely powerful, like Nixon is now, that when you vote for President today you're talking about giving a man dictatorial power for four years. I think it might be better to have the President sort of like the King of England — or the Queen — and have the real business of the presidency conducted by... a City Manager-type, a Prime Minister, somebody who's directly answerable to Congress, rather than a person who moves all his friends into the White House and does whatever he wants for four years. The whole framework of the presidency is getting out of hand. It's come to the point where you almost can't run unless you can cause people to salivate and whip each other with big sticks. You almost have to be a rock star to get the kind of fever you need to survive in American politics.
          --Hunter S. Thompson


Unknown said...

Well wasn't that prophetic :) I may have underestimated old Hunter.

Nice find. Notice how the bar is getting lower? For unwarranted search and using the IRS (well actually I'm not sure Nixon got hit with that it was really just the Watergate thing) Nixon got impeached. Which is... Gee kinda like Spying on US citizens, Warrantless searches, and oh yeah - using the IRS against the other party. Yet we don't even hear the word impeachment in the news - except maybe on Fox - which is - 'Almost entirely, but not quite, unlike the news'

The more things change the more they stay the same.

Roberta X said...